Philosophical psychology is an attempt to spell out and investigate the conceptual and metaphysical presuppositions that underlie and —sometimes implicitly— guide our thinking and theorizing about the human mind. Such endeavor is constrained not only by conceptual, but also by empirical factors, and therefore, philosophical psychology often can benefit from a sensitivity to what happens in the empirical branches of mind/brain research.
Since it was founded in 1999, research at the University of Antwerp's Centre for Philosophical Psychology has expanded, from its initial focus on the problem of phenomenal consciousness, to a number of additional research topics, including issues in the philosophy of perception, linguistic communication, aesthetics and free will. These research themes are, in the Centre, approached from both analytic and phenomenological perspectives, often within the contemporary theoretical framework provided by the situated cognition movement.
For more detailed information about research projects, please visit the Research page and the Centre's members' individual webpages.